Pursuant to Sections 37 and 77 of Republic Act No. , an Act Ordaining. Reforms in the Philippine Electric Power Industry, otherwise known as the. “ Electric. FIFTEEN YEARS ago, Congress enacted the Electric Power Industry Reform Act ( Republic Act No. , aka Epira), aimed to achieve reliable. Congress of the Philippines Eleventh Congress Third Regular Session REPUBLIC ACT NO AN ACT ORDAINING REFORMS IN THE ELECTRIC POWER.

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Kaw miss out on the latest news and information. The WESM has in fact proven its worth, showing that it can bring prices down when there are ample supplies to fill demand. Read our privacy guidelines. Before that law, the government-owned National Power Corporation NPC was the single-biggest debtor agency and the single-biggest deficit generator, fiscally bleeding the taxpayers while providing unreliable power supply.

InNPC was converted into a stock corporation wholly owned by the government under Republic Act Today This Week This Month This suggests low productivity and efficiency under the NPC.

This shows again higher efficiency and lower prices by private players. Epira is in fact working. These include generation, distribution, and transmission charges — the three costliest items — as well as supply, universal, system loss, and metering charges.

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Shortcut for feedback page. But even as contracted prices do not readily adjust epria short-term market fluctuations, the WESM made it possible for consumers to still benefit immediately from this reprieve.

Shortcut for viewing the content section of the current page. The bill also covers VAT and feed in tariffs and so on. Fast expansion in power generation means fast expansion in power consumption and electricity prices are more affordable so the people use more electricity.

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Shortcut for FAQ page. There are testable success criteria for each guideline. On the other hand, TransCo was created to take over the electric transmission function of NPC and the responsibility for planning construction and centralized operation and maintenance of high voltage transmission facilities including grid interconnections and ancillary services.


The cheapest power sources are prioritized for dispatch to consumers. With these, electricity prices should go down. But our electricity prices have epirq high and consistently among the highest in the region. This will be a first time since PEMC was created in or after 15 years. While intended as a venue for market competition to set power prices, many see the WESM as a venue for alleged collusion among generation companies gencos instead.

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Remove monopolies in the power industry through privatization of the National Power Corp. Font Size A A A. With improvements to the WESM rules and their enforcement, and the impending full implementation of retail competition and open access for consumers above kWh of power usage per month, Epira can yet bring electricity prices further down.

But in dire straits, such as in the post-Yolanda period, even the most expensive last-priority offer ended up being dispatched, leading to the incredible price hike.

Competition can pressure price declines overall while improving electricity supply quality and reliability. Press esc, or click the close the button to close this dialog box. NPC was granted an authorized capital stock of P 50 billion corresponding to million shares of stock at P par value, of which , shares were issued equivalent to P A guide to understanding and implementing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.

Consequently, the generation charge in our Meralco bills that month went down to a P3. The flaw in the system was that gencos that did not want to dispatch power could artificially jack up their prices to the WESM-allowable maximum, so their electricity would be the last priority for dispatch. EPIRA has significantly changed this, moving away from a state monopoly to a competitive sector with dozens of competing players in power generation alone.

Epira is working

Thursday, 11 October Napocor inaugurates first mini grid in Palawan Friday, 21 September Napocor restores power to Typhoon Ompong affected islands and off-grid areas Thursday, 06 September Napocor remits dividends to the national coffers Thursday, 30 August Napocor terminates water spilling operations at San Roque dam.


The law has been blamed for high prices and price volatility due to the removal of government power subsidies, the layering on of profits due to the unbundling of the different industry subsectors, and the introduction of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market WESM.

Significant capacity additions occurred only in with Three, from to last six yearspower generation has expanded 1. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us. This means the private owners of NPC-privatized power plants were more efficient in optimizing the capacity and efficiency of those plants. The Energy Regulatory Commission ERC eventually reversed these charges, but consumers already got epiraa taste of what could possibly go wrong. The major aspects of the reforms include the 1 restructuring of the entire power wpira to introduce competition in the generation sector, 2 change from government to private ownership, and 3 introduction of laa stable regulatory framework for the electricity sector.

Critics have called for its review or even outright repeal due to its supposed ineffectiveness.

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The EPIRA organized the industry into four 4 sectors, generation, transmission, distribution and supply. By continuing, you are lwa to our use of cookies.

Its prices reached their lowest for the year in Septemberwith the recovery in supply after plants came back from shutdowns, coupled alw the drop in oil and coal prices.